1817 in the United States
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|1817 in the United States|
|Years:||1814 1815 1816 – 1817 – 1818 1819 1820|
The Star Spangled Banner, 15 stars, 15 stripes (1795–1818)
Events from the year 1817 in the United States.
- President: James Madison (Democratic-Republican) (until March 4), James Monroe (Democratic-Republican) (starting March 4)
- Vice President: vacant (until March 4), Daniel D. Tompkins (Democratic-Republican) (starting March 4)
- Chief Justice: John Marshall
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Henry Clay (Dem.-Rep.-Kentucky)
- Congress: 14th (until March 4), 15th (starting March 4)
- Governor of Connecticut - John Cotton Smith then Oliver Wolcott, Jr.
- Governor of Delaware - Daniel Rodney then John Clark
- Governor of Georgia - David Brydie Mitchell then William Rabun
- Governor of Indiana - Jonathan Jennings
- Governor of Kentucky - Gabriel Slaughter
- Governor of Louisiana - Jacques Villere
- Governor of Maryland - Charles Carnan Ridgely
- Governor of Massachusetts - John Brooks
- Governor of Mississippi - David Holmes
- Governor of New Hampshire - William Plumer
- Governor of New Jersey - Mahlon Dickerson then Isaac Halstead Williamson
- Governor of New York - Daniel D. Tompkins then John Tayler then DeWitt Clinton
- Governor of North Carolina - William Miller then John Branch
- Governor of Ohio - Thomas Worthington
- Governor of Pennsylvania - Simon Snyder then William Findlay
- Governor of Rhode Island - William Jones then Nehemiah R. Knight
- Governor of South Carolina - Andrew Pickens
- Governor of Tennessee - Joseph McMinn
- Governor of Vermont - Jonas Galusha
- Governor of Virginia - James Patton Preston
- March 3 – President James Madison vetoes John C. Calhoun's Bonus Bill.
- March 3 – U.S. Congress passes law to split the Mississippi Territory, after Mississippi drafts a constitution, creating the Alabama Territory effective in August.
- March 4 – James Monroe succeeds James Madison as President of the United States of America.
- April 15 – The first American school for the deaf opens in Hartford, Connecticut.
- April 29 – The Rush–Bagot Treaty, between the U.S. and the United Kingdom, is signed.
- May – The General Convention of the Episcopal Church founds the General Theological Seminary while meeting in New York City.
- July 4 – At Rome, New York, construction on the Erie Canal begins.
- July 12 – Benjamin Russell, in his Columbian Centinel newspaper, coins the phrase "Era of Good Feelings", which is later used to describe American politics from 1817 to 1825.
- August 15 – By act of the U.S. Congress (March 3), the Alabama Territory is created by splitting the Mississippi Territory in half, on the day the Mississippi constitution is drafted, four months before Mississippi becomes a U.S. state.
- November 20 – The first Seminole War begins in Florida.
- December 10 – Mississippi is admitted as the 20th U.S. state, formerly the Mississippi Territory.
- September 13 – John M. Palmer, United States Senator from Illinois from 1891 till 1897. (died 1900)
- November 19 – James A. McDougall, United States Senator from California from 1861 till 1867. (died 1867)
- December 29 – Eli M. Saulsbury, United States Senator from Delaware from 1871 till 1889. (died 1893)
- Date Unknown – George R. Riddle, United States Senator from Delaware from 1864 till 1867. (died 1867)
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- "An 1820 Claim to Congress: Alabama Territory : 1817", The Intruders, TNGenNet Inc., 2001, quick webpage: TN-537.
- Report of a committee of the Linnaean Society of New England, relative to a large marine animal, supposed to be a serpent, seen near Cape Ann, Massachusetts, in August 1817. Boston: Cummings and Hilliard, 1817
- George Dangerfield. The Awakening of American Nationalism: 1815–1828 (1965).
- "Brookline in 1817", Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 2nd series 19, 1905
- James C. Jewett. The United States Congress of 1817 and Some of its Celebrities. The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 2 (October , 1908), pp. 139–144
- Marine Hospitals of New England in 1817. Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Third Series, Vol. 50, (October , 1916 - June , 1917),
- John E. Iglehart. The Coming of the English to Indiana in 1817 and Their Hoosier Neighbors. Indiana Magazine of History, Vol. 15, No. 2 (1919), pp. 89–178
- Lucius C. Embree. Morris Birkbeck's Estimate of the People of Princeton in 1817. Indiana Magazine of History, Vol. 21, No. 4 (1925), pp. 289–299
- Watt Stewart. The South American Commission, 1817-1818. The Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. 9, No. 1 (February , 1929), pp. 31–59
- John Perry Pritchett. Selkirk's Return from Assiniboia Via The United States to the Canadas, 1817-1818. The Mississippi Valley Historical Review, Vol. 32, No. 3 (December , 1945), pp. 399–418
- Lucius Gaston Moffatt, Joseph Médard Carrière. A Frenchman Visits Charleston, 1817. The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 49, No. 3 (July , 1948), pp. 131–154
- Sidney Walter Martin. Ebenezer Kellogg's Visit to Charleston, 1817. The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 49, No. 1 (January , 1948), pp. 1–14
- F. Gerald Ham. The Prophet and the Mummyjums: Isaac Bullard and the Vermont Pilgrims of 1817. The Wisconsin Magazine of History, Vol. 56, No. 4 (Summer, 1973), pp. 290–299
- Patricia Tyson Stroud. The Founding of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia in 1812 and Its Journal in 1817. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Vol. 147, (1997), pp. 227–236
- Media related to 1817 in the United States at Wikimedia Commons